Córdoba in May, discover its charms
Córdoba, a World Heritage City, is art, culture and beauty every month of the year. But May is its month of maximum splendor. The festivities that take place during May make this city an ideal destination to spend a few days. From our websiteyou can book your transfer and discover the charms of Cordoba.
Córdoba and its charms
Among its charms is the Mosque – Cathedral of Cordobaas the best known. Built in the 8th century as a mosque in the old Al-Andalus, it became a cathedral in the 12th century with the Christian reconquest of the city. Without a doubt, it is one of the most interesting cultural complexes in Andalusia due to its history and architecture. This monument that receives almost two million visits a year is cataloged as a World HeritageSite in 1984. The Mezquita-Catedral is one of the stops that you can not miss if you are going to visit Córdoba.
Other places and monuments of great tourist interest are: the Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos, an old fortress from which the Christian reconquest of Córdoba and Granada was organized. The Roman Bridge, another of the most important monuments of the city. It was built at the beginning of the 1st century on the Guadalquivir river. On the outskirts of the capital is the archaeological site of Medina Azahara, ancient city of the caliphate. His name means ‘bright city’. Some historians believe that Azahara also made reference to the name of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Fatima az-Zahra. Others, which alludes to the goddess Venus, al – Zuhara in Arabic, protector of al – Ándalus and of which there is a statue in the south gate.
What does Córdoba offer in May?
Any time of year is good to visit the corners of Cordoba and lose yourself in its narrow streets. But, undoubtedly, May is one of the best. Discover why it is like that.
The first days of May the May Crosses Contest is celebrated in which the people of Cordoba raise huge crosses adorned with flowers in different squares, patios and streets of the city. The last day the City Council awards the best decorated. This festival has its origin in the Christian tradition. It commemorates the discovery of the Holy Cross carried by Jesus Christ on his pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Battle of the Flowers
Every year, theBattle of Flowers is celebrated, in which numerous floats of flowers walk through the main streets of Cordoba. The people who ride on the floats are throwing flowers at the public who answer in the same way, hence the name battle. This is how the citizens of Cordoba welcome full spring.
Festival of the Courtyards of Córdoba
The Patios of Córdoba are considered World Heritage. Since 1921 the City Council organizes the first fortnight of May a contest to reward the most beautiful patio in the city. There are two types of typical Cordoban courtyards: the neighborhood patio, less common nowadays; and the patio of a private house in which it is the center of the house and the other rooms are structured around it. If you want to know more information about this, click here.
Contest of Bars and Balconies
This Contest of Bars and Balconies takes place at the same time as the Festival of the Courtyards of Córdoba. Participants neighbors of the city adorning their balconies and bars of many flowers. They tend to be very bright and cheerful and contrast with the white of the walls of the houses.
The fair is the festivity that puts an end to Cordovan May. It takes place the last week of the month. It is celebrated in ‘El Arenal’, on the outskirts of the city. Its origin is religious, hence its name, Fair of Our Lady of Health. The wine and the Cordovan hat, together with the flamenco dress are the characteristic elements of this fair.
If the charms of Córdoba and its May parties have captivated you and you want it to be your next destination, do not hesitate to book your private transfer with Hispatransfers.